Simon Craddock Lee, PhD MPH, joined the faculty in late 2008. He serves as Program Co-Leader for Population Sciences & Cancer Control research in the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center. Prior to being recruited to Dallas, Dr. Lee was a Cancer Prevention Fellow in the ethics of prevention and public health at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), where he also served as Co-Chair of the Culture & Qualitative Research Interest Group, a scientific intramural association of the NIH.
Dr. Lee's science emphasizes mixed-methods approaches to healthcare delivery research, focusing on the culture and organization of cancer screening and cancer survivorship in urban and rural safety-net settings. He is MPI on an NCI award (R01 CA203856) to improve care coordination for patients with multiple chronic conditions also diagnosed with cancer, aka complex cancer survivors. The implementation science study uses mixed-methods to systematically evaluate how local context influences evidence-based intervention effects at the system, clinic, provider and patient levels. Dr. Lee is principal investigator of a mixed-methods implementation study expanding rural breast cancer screening and patient navigation in 35 underserved counties in North Texas, most recently funded by 2018 competitive renewal from the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). Other active research disease sites include lung, colorectal, and cervical cancers through studies supported by CPRIT and NCI, notably as a Co-Investigator in the Parkland-UT Southwestern PROSPR II Centers (UM1 CA221940).
As a medical anthropologist, Dr. Lee advocates for research partnerships that foster learning health systems and other collaborations that enable science to support community priorities. He contributes to culture/behavior and research design curricula in Medical School and Graduate School programs. He has served as mentor/preceptor on seven K-series or other peer-reviewed career development awards for rising investigators, in addition to research consultation for stakeholder engagement, qualitative and mixed-method designs. An Associate Editor of Annals of Family Medicine, he serves on the Editorial Board of Journal of Cancer Survivorship. Dr. Lee actively reviews for NIH study sections in implementation science and healthcare delivery research and has reviewed for NSF programs in Cultural Anthropology and in Social & Economic Sciences.
In 2016, he was appointed to the NCI's Central IRB Cancer Prevention & Control Committee. Dr. Lee has held various leadership positions in the American Anthropological Association since 2009 and is an elected Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology.
- Yale University (1994)
- Graduate School
- Univ of California-Berkeley (1998)
- Graduate School
- University of California-San F (2003)
- Complex patients, multiple chronic conditions
- Health disparities
- Implementation science and healthcare delivery research
- Lung, Colorectal, Cervical, Breast Cancers
- Medical anthropology
- Qualitative research methods
- Understanding Underuse of Advance Care Planning Among a Cohort of African American Patients With Advanced Cancer: Formative Research That Examines Gaps in Intent to Discuss Options for Care.
- Rhodes RL, Ukoha NCE, Williams KA, Elwood B, Knox-Rice T, Lee SC, Tiro JA, Skinner CS, Halm EA, Am J Hosp Palliat Care 2019 Apr 1049909119843276
- Characteristics of Emergency Department Visits and Select Predictors of Hospitalization for Adults With Newly Diagnosed Cancer in a Safety-Net Health System.
- Hong AS, Sadeghi N, Harvey V, Lee SC, Halm EA, J Oncol Pract 2019 Apr JOP1800614
- US Cancer Centers of Excellence Strategies for Increased Inclusion of Racial and Ethnic Minorities in Clinical Trials.
- Regnante JM, Richie NA, Fashoyin-Aje L, Vichnin M, Ford M, Roy UB, Turner K, Hall LL, Gonzalez E, Esnaola N, Clark LT, Adams HC, Alese OB, Gogineni K, McNeill L, Petereit D, Sargeant I, Dang J, Obasaju C, Highsmith Q, Lee SC, Hoover SC, Williams EL, Chen MS, J Oncol Pract 2019 Apr 15 4 e289-e299
- Mobile Device Applications for Electronic Patient Portals in Oncology.
- Pho KK, Lu R, Gates S, Cai J, Xie D, Xie Y, Lee SJC, Gerber DE JCO Clin Cancer Inform 2019 Feb 3 1-8
- Patient and Provider Perspectives on 30-Day Readmissions, Preventability, and Strategies for Improving Transitions of Care for Patients with HIV at a Safety Net Hospital.
- Nijhawan AE, Higashi RT, Marks EG, Tiruneh YM, Lee SC J Int Assoc Provid AIDS Care 2019 Jan-Dec 18 2325958219827615
- Polypharmacy and patterns of prescription medication use among cancer survivors.
- Murphy CC, Fullington HM, Alvarez CA, Betts AC, Lee SJC, Haggstrom DA, Halm EA Cancer 2018 Apr
- Measuring the Cost and Effect of Current Community Consultation and Public Disclosure Techniques in Emergency Care Research.
- Matchett G, Ryan TJ, Sunna MC, Lee SC, Pepe PE Resuscitation 2018 Apr
- Characteristics of Patients Using Patient Portals in Oncology.
- Pho K, Lu R, Gates S, Xie Y, Lee SJC, Gerber DE JAMA Oncol 2018 Jan
- The Influence of Financial Strain on Health Decision-Making.
- Nguyen OK, Higashi RT, Makam AN, Mijares JC, Lee SC J Gen Intern Med 2018 Jan
- Cancer Center Clinic and Research Team Perceptions of Identity and Interactions.
- Reimer T, Lee SJC, Garcia S, Gill M, Duncan T, Williams EL, Gerber DE J Oncol Pract 2017 Oct JOP2017024349
A View from White Flint: Ambiguity, Identity and Disparities in Cancer. In Confronting Cancer: Metaphors, Advocacy, and Anthropology
McMullin, J and Weiner, D. (2009). Santa Fe, NM, School for Advanced Research SAR Press
Organizational Practice & Social Constraints: Problems of Identity Data in Cancer Care and Research. In Mapping "Race": Critical Approaches to Health Disparities Research
Gomez, L and Lopez, N. (Ed.) (2013). New Jersey, Rutgers University Press
The familiarity of coping: Kinship and social location in the safety-net experience of cancer. In Negotiating structural vulnerability in cancer control
Armin J, Burke NJ, and Eichelberger L (2019). Albuquerque, SAR Press, University of New Mexico Press
Ethics of Articulation: Constiuting identity in a Catholic hospital system. In Listening to the Whispers: Re-thinking Ethics in Healthcare
Sorrell Dinkins, C and Sorrell, J. (2006). Madison, WI, University of Wisconsin Press
Honors & Awards
- Steering Committee, NCI Implementation Science Consortium in Cancer (ISCC)
- Community-based research pilot award, Program for the development and evaluation of model community health initiatives in Dallas, UTSW Office of the President
"Do Hispanics have a recovery advantage in Dallas? Racial and ethnic variation in longitudinal hospitalization patters in the Parkland safety-net system (2014-2016)
- School for Advanced Research, Applied anthropology seminar: Negotiating structural vulnerability in cancer control: Contemporary challenges for applied anthropology
Multi-day advanced seminar in Santa Fe; SfAA plenary session; leading to edited volume 2015. (2014-2015)
- Executive Program Committee, Annual Meetings, American Anthropology Association
(presidential appointment) (2013-2014)
- Leadership Emerging in Academic Departments (LEAD), UT Southwestern
Inaugural cohort of faculty leadership training program (2013-2013)
- NIH Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (TIDIRH)
Inaugural cohort of national postdoctoral training institute (2012-2012)
- American Cancer Society-IRG
Special Interest Award for Cancer Disparities Research (2011-2012)
- NIH Health Disparities LRP Award
Peer-reviewed loan repayment award recognizing research in cancer disparities (2009-2011)
- Distinguished Dissertation, Graduate Division, UCSF
Nomination to Council of Graduate Schools Distinguished Dissertation in the Social Sciences (2003)
- American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
- American Society for Preventive Oncology (ASPO)
- Fellow, Society for Applied Anthropology
- North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG)
- Society for Medical Anthropology ; Society of Lesbian & Gay Anthropologists